Friday October 17th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 23 October 2014 in London

The Radical Nude

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Egon Schiele – The Radical Nude | The Courtauld Gallery | 23 Oct – 18 Jan 2015 (pictured)
An in-parts explicit exhibition of skin-baring naked pics, ‘The Radical Nude’ celebrates the revelatory work of very late Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele, who in his brief artistic lifetime became (and is still known as) one of the most significant figures in the development of modern art. Radical, dude. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tom Wrigglesworth – Utterly At Odds With The Universe | Leicester Square Theatre | 23 Oct
Trailed by the mighty Mr Wrigglesworth himself (in his springtime chat with ThisWeek) as “80 minutes of hilarity, then ten minutes of an emotional free fall”, ‘Utterly At Odds…’ looks back on Tom’s relationship with his grandfather, incorporating poignant tapings of the two’s convos dating back to his childhood days. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: You Have To Forgive Me… | Ovalhouse | 23-25 Oct
Theatrical ideas man Brian Lobel’s ‘durational’ one-to-one show, in which he invites a single viewer to join him in bed and stream ‘Sex And The City’ for 45 mins. Apparently, it’s really an examination of intimacy, isolation and binge-watching, and also to a bid to trace the lasting significance of Carrie Bradshaw ten years on from the ‘SATC’ TV finale. Each performance will have an audience of one, and ‘pay what you like’ admission is only available to those that fill in, and pass, a 94-point questionnaire. Details here.

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Friday October 10th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 16 October 2014 in London

William Morris

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART/EXHIBITION: Anarchy And Beauty – William Morris And His Legacy | National Portrait Gallery | 16 Oct – 11 Jan 2015 (pictured)
Victorian artist, craftsman, writer and all-over visionary radical William Morris, him of printed floral wallpaper fame, is paid homage to in a spotlit showcase of his portraits, furniture, textiles, homeware and personal paraphernalia – many pieces of which are on display for the first time in all of time. Arranged alongside his work are bits n bobs by his contemporaries Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones; plus a horde of books, jewellery, ceramics and clothing by Morris inspirees like Eric Gill, Terence Conran and Bernard Leach. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Stuart Laws – When’s This Gonna Stop | Hen & Chickens Theatre | 16 Oct
Oi, it’s ya boy, the spontaneous and slightly unhinged Stuart Laws, who in his Edinburgh-Fringe-reprising solo show ‘When’s This Gonna Stop’ will toy with topics like catchphrases, gibbons, Billy Joel, spiders and ‘Donnie Darko’. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Rocío Molina – Bosque Andora | Barbican | 16-18 Oct
Skirt-tossing first-lady-of-flamenco Rocío Molina choreographs and stars in this dance based around the ‘animal’ instinct for survival, as a cast of two male dancers and six musicians accompany Molina in a whirl of drama, sound looping and, of course, some moving; all with a crisp and distinctly non-‘trad’ aesthetic. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 13:43

Wednesday 15 October 2014 in London

The Rivals

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Rembrandt – The Late Works | National Gallery | 15 Oct – 18 Jan 2015
The rather disastrous autumn years of Dutch artist Rembrandt’s life are the focal point of this seasonal major show, which traces his increasingly radical and expressive style in an array of bold and self-examining paintings and prints, most emblematic of all his warts-and-all ‘Self Portrait At The Age Of 63′, which was finished in the final year of his life. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Mostly Comedy w/ Phil Kay + Luke Benson + Lou Sanders | Leicester Square Theatre | 15 Oct
“Bright and sparky” two-man package Doggett & Ephgrave host an in-the-mainly-comic night of… well… ‘Mostly Comedy’ by “accommodating” master-narrator Phil Kay, Amused Moose Laughter Awards finalist 2014 Lou Sanders, and tall class clown Luke Benson. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Rivals | Arcola Theatre | 15 Oct – 15 Nov (pictured)
Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s witty five-act society play circa 1775 is updated under the guidance of Selina Cadell. Gemma Jones stars as the formidable and gaffe-prone Mrs Malaprop, and Nicholas Le Prevost is Sir Anthony Absolute, a rich aristocrat whose son/heir pretends to be poor in order to woo the sentimental Lydia Languish. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 12:49

Tuesday 14 October 2014 in London

The Hundred We Are

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: ICA Off-Site | The Old Selfridges Hotel | 14-18 Oct
Team ICA check into the listed Old Selfridges Hotel for a week of free-entry events, designed to coincide with this year’s Frieze London art fair. Brooklyn-based dancer and curator Isabel Lewis kicks things off with a sequence of dance ‘occasions’ modelled on the drinking/love-making/philsophising symposiums of ancient Greece; with latter ICA link-ins with online-only alt station NTS Radio, the Siobhan Davies Dance co, NYC art man Korakrit Arunanondchai culminating in a ‘summit’ on contemporary art and ‘the politics of digital dirculation’. Details here.

ART: MirrorCity | Hayward Gallery | 14 Oct – 4 Jan 2015
A showcase of various artists’ reactions to the physical/abstract realities of life in ‘digital age’, ‘MirrorCity’ features features special commissions, and recently-made creations relevant to the theme, by Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Anne Hardy, Ursula Mayer, Katrina Palmer, Laure Prouvost, Hannah Sawtell, Lindsay Seers, John Stezaker and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Hundred We Are | The Yard Theatre | 14 Oct – 8 Nov (pictured)
Having awed critics and norms with his last play ‘Invasion!’, Jamie Harper once again looks to the Khemiri theatre co to ‘make real’ his latest script, which traces (and tangles) the lives of a radical young girl, a middle-aged homebody and a wise old sage lady in a fast-paced inter-mingling of time, space and identity. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday October 7th, 2014 14:27

Sunday 12 October 2014 in London

Pappy's

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: The Grin Bin w/ Phill Jupitus + Pappy’s + Sofie Hagen | Backyard Comedy Club | 12 Oct
A well-paced benefit gala evening-type affair in aid of England’s national roller derby team (and why not?), The Richard Sandling MC’d Grin Bin is literally spilling over with an embarrassment of comic riches; not least a headlining set by TV/theatre trash man Phill Jupitus, sketch pals Pappy’s, Scandi stand-up Sofie Hagen, and even ‘Game Of Thrones’ actress Gemma Whelan. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Chantal Akerman Day | JW3 | 12 Oct
Lovers-of-film A Nos Amours host this daytime symposium on artist and filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who specialises in meditations on loneliness, anxiety, alienation and unease. Alongside a number of curated showings of her work; the programme includes short papers, panel discussions, screenings of interviews – and indeed a live Q&A – with Akerman herself. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Oxjam Dalston Takeover | various locations | 12 Oct
LDN’s too-cool Dalston locale comes alive in the name of charity, with a single Oxjam ticket granting the right to party with a hive of DJs and live acts, like for instance Throwing Shade, Blue Hawaii, Livin Proof affiliates Budgie & Raj, Kit Grill and Bell Towers. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 2nd, 2014 14:34

Thursday 9 October 2014 in London

Doc Brown

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Alibis – Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 | Tate Modern | 9 Oct – 8 Feb 2014
The Tate Modern hosts this lifetime review of ‘insatiably experimental’ late German art rebel Sigmar Polke, who in his five decade career defied classification; dipping into painting, drawing, photography, film and sculpture, and also working with things like notebooks, slide projections, photocopies and many a ‘weird’ material. Like snail juice, to name one. The show’s title ‘Alibis’ is a nod to Polke’s scorn and hatred of the Nazi party, and to all those who relied and still rely on the alibi ‘I didn’t see anything’ as a way to shirk responsibility for the war crimes and atrocities of WW2. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Doc Brown – The Weird Way Round | The Forum | 9 Oct (pictured)
Doc ‘Ben Smith’ Brown, seriously smart comic, rapper, actor, cultural pundit and kid-brother-to-Zadie-Smith ponders ‘life, love and lyricism’ in his new show ‘The Weird Way Round’. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Made In Dagenham | Adelphi Theatre | 9 Oct – 28 Mar 2015
Apple-cheeked starlet Gemma Arterton, off of films, here tries a bit of real-time acting (and singing, and dancing) as the fearless Rita, who leads the Essex girls – nay, ladies – of the Dagenham Ford car-making plant in a game-changing 1968 pay-strike. Based on the zippy 2010 film by Nigel Cole, which itself was based on real events that happened in real people’s real lives, ‘Made In Dag’ has a very credible creative team behind it, not least ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ script-writer Richard Bean, BAFTA and Grammy-winning composer David Arnold, Olivier-winning lyricist Richard Thomas (who also did ‘Anna Nicole’, FYI) and, to cap it off real nicely, acclaimed Almeida Theatre AD Rupert Goold. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 2nd, 2014 13:51

Wednesday 8 October 2014 in London

Tracey Emin

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Tracey Emin – The Last Great Adventure Is You | White Cube Gallery | 8 Oct – 16 Nov (pictured)
It’s easy to take a shallow reading of pre-Eminent (see what I did there?) artist Tracey E’s work, yet here she still is, as present and anti-relevant as ever, and represented in her first show at Bermondsey’s White Cube in five years. Featuring bronze casts and placques, gouaches, paintings, neon creations and her famed large-scale embroidery, ‘The Last Great Adventure Is You’ is, says Emin, a contemplation of “rites of passage, of time and age, and the simple realisation that we are always alone”. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: New Adventures – Lord Of The Flies | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 8-11 Oct
This ballet adaptation of William Goulding’s novelette from dance maestro Matthew Bourne – him of all-male ‘Swan Lake’ fame – moves the ‘kids gone wild’ story of Ralph, Jack, Piggy et al from a desert island to an empty theatre, with a cast of muscular adult dancers posing as the book’s bunch of abandoned schoolboys. Which is always fun. Details and tickets here.

FILM: BFI London Film Festival | various locations | 8-19 Oct
So this is it, the big one. The big, massive, film-based one. The LFF. London. Film. Festival. Starting with a red carpet gala screening of the highly-anticipated ‘Imitation Game’ (aka the one with Benedict Cumbersquatch playing computing genius Alan Turing); it kinds of goes without saying that this year’s programme covers both movies by dyed-in-the-wool Brit directors – like Mike Leigh’s Timothy Spall-starring painter biopic ‘Mr Turner’, or ‘Dreams Of A Life’ filmmaker Carol Morley’s new feature ‘The Falling’ – AND the best in A-list and fringe cinema from all over the world. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 29th, 2014 11:49

Friday 3 October 2014 in London

Harriet Walter

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

EXHIBITION: Terror And Wonder – The Gothic Imagination | British Library | 3 Oct – 20 Jan 2015
Taking off the coffin lid on 250 years of Gothica, the British Library’s ‘Terror And Wonder’ traces our fascination with all things wild, strange and macabre through an array of books, posters, film clips and ephemera. From Horace Walpole’s 1974 novel ‘The Castle Of Otranto’, to late greats of the genre like mother-of-‘Frankenstein’ Mary Shelley and ‘Dracula’ animator Bram Stoker, to modern horror aficionados like Stanley Kubrick, Alexander McQueen, to the bloody ‘Twilight’ books. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Goat | Roundhouse | 3 Oct
Whilst Swedish psych mystics Goat might keep their faces hidden behind masks, there’s no sense of the same secrecy to the acidic vibes, tribal hypno-pop incantations and serpentine arrangements of their latest LP ‘Commune’, which they’ll be placing parts of at this show, alongside slightly older hits from the band’s 2012 tour-de-force ‘World Music’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Henry IV | Donmar Warehouse | 3 Oct – 29 Nov (pictured)
With ‘she-Hamlet’ Maxine Peake already doing it for Shakespearean gender-reversal over at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, here’s an all-female adaptation of Shakey’s’ ‘Henry IV’, the mid-point in a trilogy of collaborations between stage actress Harriet Walter and director Phyllida Lloyd, who linked so brilliantly on 2012’s ‘Julius Caesar’. Taking place in the ‘so hot right now’ scenario of a women’s prison, it’s a play about family, kingship, power and patriotism. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 24th, 2014 12:16

Tuesday 30 September 2014 in London

Here Lies Love

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Turner Prize 2014 | Tate Britain | 30 Sep – 4 Jan 2015
As per, the Brit art world’s most-over-hyped £40,000 award will this year be divided between four shortlistees – all British, all not yet 50. 2014’s nominated artists are political Irish filmmaker Duncan Campbell, print and textiles-maker Ciara Phillips, found filmographer James Richards, and fast-talking spoken-word/audio artist Tris Vonna-Michell. The Tate makes space for the their eligible installations/exhibits ahead of the big prize-giving on 1 Dec. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show | Museum Of Comedy | 30 Sep
Dovetailing with the MoC’s big Tommy Cooper exhibition is this “hilarious and endearing” celebration of magic-making eccentric Cooper’s life, from his brilliant, ungainly stage act to his private relationships, which weren’t quite ‘all smiles’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Here Lies Love | Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre | 30 Sep – 8 Jan (pictured)
‘Here Lies Love’, Fatboy Slim and thin man David Byrne’s collaborative disco musical inspired by the life of disgraced one-time Philippine First Lady (and high-heel-lovin disco diva) Imelda Marcos, twirls into the NT’s new Dorfman space. And since the staging is designed as an ‘immersive’ 360-degree experience, audiences are advised to arrive ready and dressed to dance. And jive. And then land in the splits, ideally. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 22nd, 2014 15:26

Saturday 27 September 2014 in London

Anselm Kiefer

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Anselm Kiefer | Royal Academy Of Arts | 27 Sep – 14 Dec
The RAA’s prestigious Summer Exhibition is, this year, the biggest ever British retrospective of one of the world’s greatest living artists, German painter/sculptor/maker-of-installations Anselm Kiefer – who deals in big, brave, striking imagery designed to shock and provoke. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: King Creosote – From Scotland With Love | Barbican | 27 Sep
This pointedly-timed post #IndyRef event finds Scots songwriter Kenny Creosote and his band playing their larger-than-life collaborative score to ‘From Scotland With Love’ – an archival film portrait of “love and loss, war, resistance, emigration, work and play” north of the border – along with the doc itself, which is directed by Virginia Heath. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Cape Wrath | Artsdepot | 27-28 Sep
A one-man travelogue staged inside a minibus, Third Angel Theatre’s Alex Kelly’s ‘Cape Wrath’ finds him retracing a trip his granddad made from the Midlands up to the north coast of his native Scotland to sit, look at the sea, and look back on his life. Kelly followed in his steps 20 years on, and here tells the story for an audience of only fourteen. Details and tickets here.

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Friday September 19th, 2014 12:36

Friday 26 September 2014 in London

Sahara Soul

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Nathan Sawaya – Art Of The Brick | Truman Brewery | 26 Sep – 4 Jan 2015
Nicely-timed given Lego is so totally ‘in’ right now, lapsed corporate lawyer and now artist Nathan Sawaya’s smash-hit global showcase, which was built one brick at a time over 4188 hours, mixes large-scale replicas of ‘The Mona Lisa’ and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in with his own abstract creations. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Lust For Youth | 100 Club | 26 Sep
Danish ‘coldwave’ trio Lust For Youth translate the slick yet sensitive electronic pop vibes of their latest LP ‘International’ within the distinctly non-chilly confines of LDN’s cosy 100 Club. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Transcender Festival | Barbican/The Laundry | 26 Sep – 1 Oct (pictured)
A mini yet mighty festival of “ecstatic, devotional and psychedelic” music, this year’s internationally-gleaned Transcender celebrates its first night with a one-off show at The Laundry headlined by Sweden’s 28-piece Fire! Orchestra. Boosting the programme on latter days are the highly-watchable Sahara Soul – a group of musicians from all over Africa – plus the Britten Sinfonia’s rendition of Tavener’s ‘Flood Of Beauty’ and Iranian band The Kamkars. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:45

Thursday 25 September 2014 in London

Snakes! The Musical

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART EXHIBITION: Witches & Wicked Bodies | British Museum | 25 Sep – 11 Jan 2014
A concoction of Albrecht Dürer’s aptly-titled 1501 engraving ‘Witch Riding Backwards On A Goat’, Francisco de Goya’s occult grotesques, and the Pre-Raphaelites sexualised, siren-like enchantresses; the British Museum’s free-entry ‘Witches & Wicked Bodies’ eyeballs representations of witches and witchcraft from the Renaissance era to the late 1800s. Details here.

FILM: Doc N Roll Festival | Hackney Picturehouse | 25-28 Sep
The cool-looking first ever Doc N Roll Festival, a tight schedule of rock-themed film screenings of a doc-like ilk, features the likes of new release ‘Looking For Johnny’ (which looks at the life of late New York Dolls/Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders, who died in 1991 aged 38); Stones Throw Records review ‘Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton'; a strand given over to Brit director Julien Temple (and a Q&A with JT); and, tonight, the London premiere of ‘A Band Called Death’, Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlet’s doc on 1970s rock trio Death, who are oft-hailed as the first black punk band. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Snakes! The Musical | Leicester Square Theatre | 25 Sep – 19 Oct
Quite Nice Theatre play a quite little theatre company searching for a £50 million investment to take their modest-sized musical adaptation of ‘Snakes On A Plane’ to the West End. A cleverly ‘meta’ piece of new writing with a “versatile, creative and energetic cast”, ‘Snakes!’ received a rave 5/5 review from ThreeWeeks at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here. And look out for a snippet from the show in the next edition of the ThisWeek London Podcast, out next week.

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Monday September 15th, 2014 12:50

Saturday 20 September 2014 in London

King Buzzo

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Constable – The Making Of A Master | V&A | 20 Sep – 11 Jan 2015
The V&A’s big-deal new mega-show reviews Great British Romantic John Constable’s main inspirations, techniques and legacy in re-examine his art in new ways. The exhibit will present JC’s quintessential Dedham Vale etc paintings (and the missing link between land and canvas, his game-changing oil sketches of earth, sea and sky) alongside works by the old masters of classical landscape. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Miss Behave’s Gameshow | London Wonderground | 20 Sep
Miss Behave, the Olivier Award-winning first lady of late-night entertainment, presents her final extravaganza in the Spiegeltent this year, playing a medley of silly interactive games with a prize incentive, and dolloping in a mix of variety acts and disco so dirty, it’s suitable for sixteen year olds and overs only. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: King Buzzo | Oslo | 20 Sep (pictured)
Distinctive-haired King Buzzo, ruler of US rock’s great uncles Melvins, is still going strong on a solo basis (and still not appearing to give a single damn), and this unplugged Oslo show is all part of the party he’s throwing around his latest LP, the take-it-to-the-man-themed ‘This Machine Kills Artists’. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 10th, 2014 18:39

Wednesday 17 September 2014 in London

Nick Cave

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Marina Abramovic – White Space | Lisson Gallery | 17 Sep – 1 Nov
Art-world royalty Marina Abramovic, who’s still the toast of London following the close of her massive ‘512 Hours’ show at the Serpentine, is here celebrated in the early phases of her career, with ‘White Spaces’ giving erm… well, space to a range of rare and remastered audio pieces, videos and newly-discovered photos representing her very first experiments into performance art based on ‘time and the immaterial’, themes central to her present-day practice. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: Nick Cave – 20,000 Days On Earth UK Launch | various cinemas nationwide | 17 Sep (pictured)
So rock n roll grizzly man Nick Cave is gracing the Barbican tonight to chat and play live at a special gala screening of his part-real, part-surreal ‘day in the life’ film, the widely acclaimed ‘20,000 Days On Earth’. Whilst every last ticket to the main event shifted a long while back, Cave fans can instead go to one of 150 British/Irish cinemas to catch a live-stream of the set and screening, which will feature Nick speaking beside Bad Seeds men Warren Ellis and Barry Adamson, as well as ‘20,000 Days’ directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Teh Internet Is Serious Business | Royal Court Theatre | 17 Sep – 25 Oct
Writer Tim Price debates the timely topic of ‘hacktivism’ in his new play, in which a pair of teen boys meet online and pick a ‘David v Goliath’-style digital fight with the FBI, recoding the limits of internet espionage for all time. Former Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivists Mustafa Al-Bassam and Jake Davis, on whom the script is based, will speak alongside experts on the ‘deep web’ at an ‘in conversation’ event on 29 Sep, having had a legal ban on communicating with each other lifted only earlier this month. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 9th, 2014 13:40

Tuesday 16 September 2014 in London

Macbeth

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Yayoi Kusama – Pumpkins | Victoria Miro | 16 Sep – 19 Dec
The Victoria Miro shows a timely (given it’s almost nearly Halloween) body of pumpkin-based paintings, large-scale mosaics and big old bronze castings by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama; each one dedicated, with great love, to the natural world’s knobbliest orange gourd. Bang into the pumpkin as a motif since as early as 1948, Kusama is known to use the plant as a means of selfportraiture, attracted to its “charming and winsome form”, “generous unpretentiousness” and “solid spiritual base”. Details and tickets here.

CIRCUS/DANCE: 7 Fingers – Séquence 8 | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 16 Sep – 4 Oct
Québec-based circus clique 7 Fingers flex their way into this sequence designed for eight performers, who’ll be twinning lithe acrobatics with light-hearted dance bits, doing so against bold lighting and an original soundtrack. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Third World Bunfight – Macbeth | The Barbican | 16-20 Sep (pictured)
Radical playwright Brett Bailey adapts Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’, moving the base threads of the plot over to modern-day Congo, and bringing in a South African cast to voice a rearrangement of the original opera. In his and Third World Bunfight’s version of events, a group of refugees find an old trunk full of sheet music and gramophone recordings of Verdi’s score, and are inspired to tell their own story; that of a warlord, his power-thirsty wife, and Congo’s conflict-ravaged landscape. Details and tickets here.

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Friday September 5th, 2014 17:07

Friday 12 September 2014 in London

Joseph Morpurgo

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Joseph Morpurgo – Odessa | Kings Place | 12 Sep (pictured)
A 5/5-caliber hit at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Joseph Morpurgo’s “silly, sinister and screwball” one-man show is posited like an investigation into a slightly shady chemical plant fire in the Texan city of Odessa. A real bright light in theatre with a blackly comical twist, Jo-Mo mans the whole cast of the story, from cops to co-conspirators, building an intricate narrative arc around a blurry half-minute TV clip from 1983. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/VISUAL ART: John Cale & Liam Young – Transmissions From The Drone Orchestra | Barbican Centre | 12-13 Sep
Oh look/listen; it’s only the world’s first sighting/sounding of ‘LOOP>>60Hz’, a collaborative AV work by John Cale and ‘speculative architect’ and designer Liam Young. Cale and his band will play a live set of selected tracks, specially adapted “to durational forms, unusual tunings and unorthodox audio delivery”, whilst Young provides a flock of drone-like ‘disembodied instruments’ circling the the auditorium and making noises. Weird, no? Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Doctor Scroggy’s War | Shakespeare’s Globe | 12 Sep – 10 Oct 
Having collaborated on The Globe’s award-winning ‘Anne Boleyn’ in 2010, playwright Howard Brenton and director John Dove reconvene on this new script giving a sideways glance at the First World War. In it, nineteen year old Jack Twigg joins the London Regiment and meets life-saving medic Harold Gillies, though also notices a strange character named ‘Doctor Scroggy’ who visits the hospital ward at night and gives champagne to the patients. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 17:00

Thursday 11 September 2014 in London

Africa Utopia

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Late Turner – Painting Set Free | Tate Britain | 11 Sep – 25 Jan 2015
The first major showcase given over entirely to the highly-significant ‘late bloomer’ phase of English painter man JMW Turner’s life and timeline, ‘Painting Set Free’ showcases a wide panorama of the artist’s unusual square pictures, famed watercolours like ‘Heidelberg: Sunset’ and ‘The Wreck Buoy’, and his last-exhibited pieces circa 1850, of classical lovers Dido and Aeneas. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Africa Utopia | Southbank Centre | 11-14 Sep (pictured)
Taking a juicy bite out of African art, life, history and culture, Africa Utopia will this year play host to all-time Ethio-jazz great Mulatu Astatke, States-breaking (and ThisWeek interviewed) comedienne Gina Yashere, dance pairing Qudus Onikeku & Zena Edwards – who’ll interpret themes of identity, memory and exile through movement – and a capella R&B/soul ensemble Simply Soweto Encha. In addition to the ‘right-brained’ side of the programme will be a series of practical (yet still ideas-driven) seminars and debates led by African activists and entrepreneurs. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: 20 Stories High Young Actors Company – Tales From The MP3 | Unicorn Theatre | 11-13 Sep
In Julia Samuels’ innovative essay on identity and perspective, a group of young actors give voice to each other’s distinct life stories and opinions, listening in via private MP3 players and repeating, line for line and in real time, what they’re hearing, and thus sharing it with the audience too. Find extracts from the show – which features a live score, projected visuals and inevitable inner-city beat-boxing – on the relevant instalment of the ThisWeek Podcast, which will be available on 11 Sep. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday August 28th, 2014 14:28

Friday 5 September 2014 in London

Paloma Faith

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

FILM: Life Of Pi | The Scoop | 5 Sep
A tiny drop in the ocean of films that More London is screening for free every Wednesday this month, it’s Ang Lee’s big-screen fantasy-at-sea ‘Life Of Pi’, a painstakingly-made cinematic dreamscape based on Yann Martel’s ‘boy on boat with live tiger’-based best-seller novel of the same name. Seats are limited, so arrive early. Details here.

MUSIC: Late Night Prom w/ Paloma Faith | Royal Albert Hall | 5 Sep (pictured)
Fresh-faced and copper-coiffed singer-of-song Paloma Faith fronts a 42-man jazz orchestra atop this Late Night BBC Prom. She’ll be joining with the elite Urban Voices Collective in a collation of hits off of her latest LP, ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, and its platinum-selling prequels, ‘Fall To Grace’ and ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?’. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Inner City Ooz | Display Gallery | 5-27 Sep
Oft-roaring jazz-pop boy King Krule, real name Archy Marshall, shows some of his and his brother’s art works, banner-titled ‘Inner City Ooz’. In short, it’s an installation based on the pair’s reactions to ‘motifs’ like memory, time and the role of the artist in a changing cityscape, and will feature a mix of large-scale abstract pieces featuring Archy’s poetry and ‘layers of paint’ by Jack, plus illustrations, drawings and photographs. In the downstairs place, the Marshall Bros will create a “secluded, fictional environment” of soundscapes, compositions and live interactive performance made to “vibrate the viewer”. Details here.

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Monday August 25th, 2014 14:59

Tuesday 2 September 2014 in London

Katherine Araniello

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart | The Black Heart, Camden Town | 2 Sep
Following a stint sailing the high seas of the Edinburgh Fringe, Cap’n Josie Long re-opens her still-golden comedic trove, inviting fixed guest Nathaniel Metcalfe and some other TBC figures to dig into its spoils. And the premise of ‘Lost Treasures’, by the by, is that comedians present short sets revering people/things they think don’t get the credit they deserve. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Unlimited | Southbank Centre | 2-7 Sep (pictured)
A festival highlighting the vision, originality and capabilities of disabled artists, the SB Centre’s Unlimited will this year feature its patented, glass-ceiling-smashing array of theatre, dance, literature, visual art, stand-up and music. Leading the itinerary are the likes of Robert Softley Gale (who’ll share his show ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’, a collation of real-life narratives of disability), playwright Julie McNamara’s wry portrait of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, a “theatrical piece that plays on life’s crutches” by Claire Cunningham, and ‘The Dinner Party Revisited’, which will see performance artist and character actress Katherine Araniello reprising her TV-screened soiree of 2011. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Whose Gaze Is It Anyway? | ICA | 2 Sep – 5 Oct
The ICA hosts showcase looking at the history of Arab pop culture through various printed matter (rare posters, diaries, book covers and the like) and via the moving media of film AND video. Having taken shape in the archives of Beirut-based cultural aficionado Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh, ‘Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?’ features pieces of art and advertising dating back to as early as the 1930s to the present day, many being presented in Britain for the first time, and all raising pertinent points on how the ‘popular gaze’ is constructed from within the Arab world. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014 14:53

Tuesday 26 August 2014 in London

Kate Bush

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Luke McGregor – I Worry That I Worry Too Much | Soho Theatre | 26-30 Aug
Following his ‘facing fears’-themed show circa last year, and still bearing the shine of positive reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, buoyant Australian comic Luke McGregor is back with another anxious routine in the highly-strung ‘I Worry That I Worry Too Much’. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kate Bush Photo Exhibition | Snap Galleries | 26 Aug – 2 Oct
So no one got tickets to any of Kate Bush’s extravagantly-priced headline shows at the Eventim Apollo (which start tonight, BTW). That is a given. To those that didn’t, mind, here is a consolation prize for you all in the form of a photo show featuring KB-specific pics by Guido Harari (who helped define the ‘aesthetic’ of KB’s early releases, even styling her ‘look’ on the ‘Wuthering Heights’ single sleeve) and Gered Mankowitz (who did the ‘Hounds Of Love’ cover and promotional shots for 1989’s ‘The Sensual World’). Both have books coming out to chime with Bush’s big renaissance, and this is a way to show off lots of candid and rarely-displayed images of Kate at the time she’s most topical. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Avenue Q | New Wimbledon Theatre | 26-30 Aug
Inventive theatre crew Sell A Door – interviewed on ThisWeek here – nip quickly in to the New Wimbledon with their very excellent mobile interpretation of the highly funny n furry ‘Avenue Q’. An oft-poignant (if mainly silly) portrait of a cast of characters striving to ‘make it’ in a cold world, the ‘Sesame Street’-inspired musical satire featuring songs like ‘I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today’, ‘If You Were Gay’ and, my especial fave, ‘What Do You Do With A BA In English?’. Details and tickets here.

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